Tuesday, July 26, 2005

NNDB: Tracking the entire world

Check out the NNDB, an intelligence aggregator that tracks the activities of people determined to be noteworthy, both living and dead. Superficially, it seems much like a "Who's Who" where a noted person's curriculum vitae is available (the usual information such as date of birth, a biography, and other essential facts.)

NNDB: Tracking the entire world

Monday, July 25, 2005

I GREW HEMP: rubberstamped money

Rubberstamped Money

An interesting collection of money that has been stamped for various purposes.

Where's George?


Track your bills on-line! You enter the serial number, mark the bill with 'www.wheresgeorge.com' and when people enter it later, you can see where it has gone after you spent it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005



Friday, July 08, 2005

The Straight Dope

The Straight Dope
is an amusing and informative web page.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

UK Veteran tells how he celebrated VE Day on the run

Telegraph | News |

'He's so ignorant, he must be a limey!'

Following my third escape from captivity and the successful breaching of the disintegrating German frontline in Bavaria, I ended the war with the advancing American Third army.

The breaching of the American lines had been the tricky bit since every time I showed myself to a lager of Sherman tanks over the brow of a hill, I was fired at by trigger-happy GIs.

I succeeded in establishing my British nationality only after a shouted quiz concerning baseball and football matters of which I knew next to nothing.

Finally I was allowed forward with my hands in the air staring down the barrels of a multitude of guns with the words 'He's so ignorant he must be a Limey' fresh in my ears.

In the city of Regensburg, awaiting repatriation to Britain, I commandeered a German-occupied private house, magnanimously allowing the family to remain, though insisting they cook what food I could scavenge.

The European war ended while I was there with the mother doing her best to marry off her daughter to a victorious Englishman!

I was unable to oblige however since I had already pledged my troth to a Czech girl who had provided sustenance and comfort during my second escape attempt.

The lady is now my wife though it took half a decade and a 104-year prison sentence for breaching the Iron Curtain before I could bring her to Britain.
----Christopher Portway, Brighton